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Philadelphia Flyers, from left, Tyler Pitlick, James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek and Carter Hart, celebrate after they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in an NHL Global Series ice hockey game in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (Ondrej Deml/CTK via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 4:20 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Travis Konecny had two goals and coach Alain Vigneault won his debut with Philadelphia, directing the Flyers to a season-opening 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Oskar Lindblom and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers in front of a sellout crowd of 17,463 at...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, left, checks San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 01, 2019 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season for abuse of an official. The punishment handed out Tuesday comes after a run-in Kane had with Vegas' Deryk Engelland in a preseason game on Sunday. Kane responded with a slash after...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, the Detroit Red Wings play an NHL preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Red Wings are desperately trying to keep fans filing into Little Caesars Arena while the allure of the relatively new facility wears off while the team goes through a painful rebuild. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 24, 2019 - 2:42 am
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in a spacious area perched near the...
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September 14, 2019 - 3:19 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019 file photo, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington. Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its punishment Saturday, Sept. 14, saying it followed a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 14, 2019 - 11:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced...
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September 08, 2019 - 12:07 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Alex Ovechkin, The Associated Press erroneously reported what season the Washington Capitals captain is entering. He is entering his 15th, not 14th, season. A corrected version of the story is below: Caps' Ovechkin leaner if not lighter going into 15th season...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 07, 2019 - 2:45 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 06, 2019 - 3:49 pm
The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four were selected out of a...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
September 03, 2019 - 10:16 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt tried to find the right words to describe Jack Flaherty's one-hit effort over eight innings. "He was stellar. He was impressive," Shildt said. "You can throw a lot of superlatives out there about his performance." Flaherty dazzled in another dominant...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in Seattle. The NHL has informed the NHL Players' Association that it will not use its option to terminate the existing collective bargaining agreement next year. The league announced its decision Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, two days before its deadline to notify the union of whether it would reopen collective bargaining talks.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
August 30, 2019 - 4:34 pm
Citing what it called momentum from a sustained period of labor peace, the NHL said Friday it has informed the NHL Players' Association it will not use its option to terminate the existing collective bargaining agreement next year. The league announced its decision two days before its deadline to...
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